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recycleable that could go to -- that's going in our waste stream, how much of that's coming from the large generators? how much of that is actually happening in the building? because we do have examples that you said, at&t park, embarcadero, the ferry building, some of these places that actually have people, you know, sorters, janitors doing the work on-site have a significant impact of terms of how much they're diverting versus buildings that don't. >> i would just ask that you also look at it as a bigger picture of building owners. so for example, himes has 555 california. they can be able to have -- i'm sorry. boston properties and embarcadero, they only have one building that's sorting or over himes building on mission and 2nd street is only -- out of their 28 buildings, they're only recycling at one.
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they only have one sorter at one of their 28 buildings, and i would look at it in that order. when we are doing our surveys of how many sorters we have in buildings, we look at it by building owner, and these are not just i own one building, these are really property owners that are expansive, j.l.l. buildings, boston property buildings. now you have himes or whatever, but i would just ask that you look at it by owner and to look at it by sorters to provide that information. >> supervisor safai: we will. any other members of the public wishing to comment on this item, please come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor safai: and i will just say, i appreciate the work the department of environment did. thank you to recology coming out. i think they are a wonderful partner. thank you to the teamsters and the janitors for coming out today. i think we've learned quite a bit. we will continue to work -- we've already started some things working with your office, drar -- director
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rafael, and i think we will continue in that motion. i think it's interesting to hear the teamsters say they're doing it in south city and other places and they're looking at the black stream. so maybe that's a conversation we can have with recology, and looking at these large property owners, we've already started a conversation with you. we will reach out to them and the janitors and keep this conversation. thank you -- i guess what do we need to do, make a motion to file this? >> yes. >> supervisor safai: make a motion to file the hearing. >> supervisor ronen: yes. thank you. before i ask you to call item number four, mr. clerk -- i'll wait for one sec.
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i just wanted to acknowledge and welcome supervisor mar back into the committee room. it's so good to see you back in, supervisor mar. call the next item, mr. clerk. >> clerk: also, i'm going to mention for the benefit of the public, the house has changed. we have supervisor yee sitting as a member for the remainder of the meeting. [agenda item read] >> supervisor ronen: supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: thank you very much, supervisor ronen. as you know, may is asian pacific american heritage month, and it's drawing to a close. and i am proud that i was able to partner with the community in this joint legislative effort to remove a racist
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antiasian legacy from one of our city's public playgrounds, the julius kahn playground in the presidio. our parks and open spaces are meant to be welcoming and open for all to enjoy, regardless of race, religion, gender or other differences. however, former congressman julius kahn's antiasian immigration policy during the early 1900's did not espouse the values that san francisco stands for today: values of respect for diversity, values of tolerance, and values of -- to be inclusive, and appreciation of the many contributions of our immigrant communities. instead, julius kahn's bill made permanent the chinese exclusion act. he further targeted other asian communities by advocating for legislation to also exclude
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filipinos, japanese and american indians from entering the united states. todd's motion at this hearing to remove joule cuss kahn's name and rename the playground is very symbolic, especially during this month where we have been celebrating and recognizing the richl and long history of asian american's contributions to our city and to our country. today, will you please send a powerful message to our fellow san franciscans that san francisco will continue to be a city that values diversity, inclusion, and tolerance? that we will not tolerate racism, bigotry and exclusion? i want to say that my father actually was a paper son, meaning that there was a period where many chinese population i
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am -- immigrants were coming in under somebody's name mainy because of the exclusion act. and i'm saying this because i remember -- even when my grandfather was already here, so it was kind of ridiculous that he had to come in as a paper son. but i didn't know the impact of that until i was probably cl e close -- well, being a teenager when laws changed that allowed for somebody like my father to come to gain citizenship and the fear that he had. it's almost living -- i lived through some of the fears that people are living through today with the possibility of being deported because of their status and the relief that i saw in my father's face when it
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happened when he finally regained citizenship stuck to me today. so -- and i'm going to tell you another story. i mean, i mentioned this earlier, that these issues of intolerance and racism, you might think that it's gone away and so forth, and -- and it must have been at least a century ago. indeed, when i bought my home in the west side, and most of the west side was pretty much similar to this story, where people that were either negro or livestock or orientals were not allowed to live or purchase homes in the west side -- many parts of the west side, especially those associations that had those bylaws that states this. and when i bought my home a little over 30 years ago, that
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was still in the books, and it took my effort several years later to say, what is this, you know? and after much debate, was able to get the people that live there to actually change the bylaws, so that was only 30 years ago. and today, we're still facing -- i think this -- with what we're seeing today at the federal government, it just gives us an opportunity to say hey, let's don't stand for what's going on today because look what happened -- look what happened 80, 90 years ago. why are we repeating ourselves? and this is an opportunity as we look at removing this name for us to have dialogue, for us to have a discussion of, is this what we really want? that's what happened. that's part of history that's happened. we don't need to repeat it.
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we need to also find people that -- that also contributed to our history in a much more positive way to our society that reflects our values today. so this is why i personally feel passionate about doing this, and i'm very happy that commissioner -- the park commissioner, allen lowe approached me about this as i'm doing a parallel name change for phelan avenue with the same rational2ed. -- rationale. i want to thank him, i want to thank his colleagues for leading this charge. and i want to also thank my cosponsors of this lemgs lation, supervisors fewer, peskin, and kim. and i want to thank the people that came out today for the press conference: jane chin, my
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former classmate and interim executive director of the chinese historical society, cynthia choi, who's the coexecutive director for chinese affirmative action. and also the asian american bar association, president david xi. >> supervisor ronen: could i just say a couple words? >> supervisor yee: yes, you may. >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much. i just wanted to thank you for bringing this forward and would ask to be a cosponsor, as well. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> supervisor ronen: i am so happy that you're making this -- this change in our shameful, racist history here in san francisco. i think it now is exactly the same not only because it is asian american history month, but also because this similar racist xenophobic attack is
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happening today, every single day, so it's concentrated today on the latino community, but it's part of -- not just the latino community but largely the latino community being the face of these attacks. and it comes from -- it's -- it's -- it's not new. it's a long history where different communities, the chinese community, the japanese community, the filipino community have been targeted by the federal government with that local officials thcomplic in blaming larger communities which could not be farther from the truth, whether it's crime, unemployment, etcetera. this has never been the fault of immigrant communities. we are a nation of immigrants, and this will never be the fault of immigrant communities. we are stronger, we are better,
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we are a more informed cohesive community because we are a nation of diversity and immigrants. and i am just very, very proud to be cosponsoring this today and really thank your leadership, supervisor yee. >> supervisor yee: thank you, supervisor ronen for your words, and i see that sharon chung, staff from supervisor stefani's office is here, and she would like to make a comment. >> thank you, community members of the my name is sharon chung, and i'm the legislative aide to district two supervisor catherine stefani. i want to thank supervisor yee for taking the lead on this. we are eager to work with community leaders and neighborhoods in taking the next steps of renaming this community park. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. i'd like to mention that the julius kahn park is actually in
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district two, part of supervisor stefani's district, and right now i'd like to ask commissioner, commissioner allen lowe, would you like to come up? [inaudible] >> supervisor yee: okay. >> good morning. my name is linda zhang chl i'm an associate with the law firm of perkins couie. i want to thank the many organizations and individuals who are here in support of this issue. for 61 years. the chinese exclusion act severely restricted immigration and entrance of chinese people in the united states. in the heart of san francisco one of the most diverse cities in the u.s., we still have a
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park named after a congressman who pushed to make that exclusion permanent. [inaudible] >> when the act was set to expire in 1902, kahn introduced the kahn bill to make the act permanent. the chinese exclusion act remained in force until 1943 when the chinese and americans became allies in world war ii. san francisco's a city of inclusion. our parks should celebrate inclusion now and carry that message for generations to come. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is lindsey kwak. i'd like to give a little bit
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more background on julius kahn. he did not stop at the chinese. after the exclusion act was made permanent, he pursued the exclusion of nap knees, asian indians and even said horrible things about filipinos on the floor. exclusion acts of 1923 and 24 did bar asians, but imposed literacy tests, imposed quotas on people from other nations including eastern europe where julius kahn was from, and julius kahn did not vote in favor of either of those subsequent acts, and so that shows that he had this particular annimus against asians, and so he really did pursue -- he had a racist agenda. we have reached out -- we spoke with the jewish community relations committee, and they
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reached out to local jewish historians, who have confirmed our research, including a researcher named fred rosenbaum who has gone onto say the jewish communities in the east looked to jewish leaders in the west and said what's going on? they were horrified at this campaign that was driven from the west coast, and they were concern thad it would spread to the immigration policies would spread to jewish communities, which it ultimately did and was he have, very bad in the end. on a personal note, i am a fourth generation san franciscan who grew up playing at julian kahn playground. i have very fond memories there, and when i learned about julius kahn, i was angered, disappointed and ashamed to know that a park that i had experienced so much joy and fun in was honoring a man who was so racist against people like
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me. so on behalf of kids like me and the 37 community organizations that have also signed onto this effort, i implore you to move this resolution forward and urge the -- direct the recreation and park commission to rename the playground. thank you very much. >> supervisor yee: thank you very much. so right now, i'm going to go ahead and call for public comment. so if you want to -- if you want to make public comments, go ahead and lineup to my left, your right. that's okay. they can just lineup. >> supervisor safai: do we do two minutes or one minute? >> supervisor yee: two minutes. >> two minutes. i agree, and i stipulate to this historical move, and i feel the hardship of this type of racism, but we can't stop there. i move for you -- both of you
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supervisors to put the finishing touches on the removal of james d. phelan. you've already got rid of his name on a street in the city and county of san francisco. i further urge you to remove the statue which is located in the front door of city hall when you come off polk street and make a hard left, his statue is right there. i move to have you take charge just like the mayor did in new orleans to get rid of those racist statues that condemned and used slavery to build new orleans and kidnap my nationality and made up slaves and then highlight those statues like they're some kind of monument that should be saluted. i further move you to incorporate a hearing pertaining to the ethnic cleaning of my neighborhood, the fillmore western addition
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which ethically cleansed my nationality, ruined numerous generations of black people from the fillmore area, and this person -- whatever his name is? forgot his name. but any way, justin hermann, who got rid of my nationality. it's real who are identifying for somebody that's comprehensive on black history because 1964 was the year we got our civil rights, and dr. martin luther king made his "i have a dream" speech, and that was the same time frame when justin herman plaza got rid of the fillmore district, which was 60 square blocks and 5 to 10% was japanese and chinese people. so we need to have a hearing on the fillmore. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> good morning. i'm jane chin. i'm the interim director of the
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chinese historical society, and thank you for this opportunity to address you. in the midto late 1800's, this country was lady liberty stands in new york harbor, give me your poor, your hudled masses, yearning to be free, this was not for the chinese. the exclusion law severely impacted the lives of the chinese people and the tens of thousands of men who were already here. first because the law required chinese to have proper documentation in order to reenter the united states if they were to leave to visit their family in china prohibited them from leaving. and second, without being able to visit their wievs aves and children they left behind in
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china, their family unit was destroyed. imagine men could not return to their wives and children they left behind. imagine women in china never to lay eyes on their husbands again. imagine children never to know their fathers. nor could these men marry in the u.s. as the page act of 1875 restricted the entry of chinese women and -- [inaudible] >> -- passed in the states prohibited and prevented men from marrying white men. further racism against chinese forbid them from living outside of the boundaries of chinese neighborhoods. that said, chinatowns were built across the country due to racism is a fact. due to exclusion, family life was exhibited not by choice --
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[inaudible] >> supervisor yee: thank you. your time. thank you. nice seeing you again. >> thank you for -- committee members, for hearing our request and hearing the voices of the community today, and thank you to supervisor yee for leading the charge for -- towards truth and reconciliation. i'm here representing chinese affirmative action. i'm also here as a parent and someone who lives in san francisco and enjoys all of our parks and amenities in our great city. and we're here to express our full support in renaming the julius kahn playground, a playground that's enjoyed by many immigrant families, families that would be excluded if julius successfully excluded. and i think the point of this,
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too, is it's a lesson and opportunity to understand the generational harm that he has caused but also to draw lessons to today. we represent clients who are low-income, limited english speaking, many recent immigrants who are particularly vulnerable under this current administration, and san francisco can once again lead the way, taking a stand against bigotry and xenophobia and standing by its residents, and that means taking this action. we really do implore supervisors to the renaming and look forward to that opportunity to think about a worthy name to our park for this great city. we are here to stay, we don't have to prove our justification or our worthiness and we're here to also say what happened under julius kahn was wrong and what's happening today is also
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wrong. thank you. >> good morning. i have a very bad cold, so i was coughing over there. didn't mean to disrupt. i'm speaking as a parent as well as a victim. i think we have all been victimized by what happened in the 1800's. i applaud supervisor yee, who is my district supervisor, and all the other supervisors, especially our commissioner allen low for taking on this project. i'd like to urge you to go one step further, one step further for the victims: issue an apology. official apology from the city and county of san francisco for the pain and suffering san francisco has caused a generation since then. my son actually graduated from
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university high school and had a graduation ceremony at julius kahn playground. i feel so victimized to realize that my son's high school celebration occurred in the playground named after a racist who victimized my whole generation and generations before. so i really urge you to go one step further. i think changing the name has been supported by many people, but it's more significant if you can actually admit following to the victims, to san franciscans, to the citizens of the united states. i want to say that senator mark leno in 2009, he issued on behalf of california to the entire exclusion act that caused pain and suffering to the chinese. please san francisco take lead and do this also. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. and i'd just like to make a
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comment that although we start talking about exclusion acts and more state and federal legislation, there were actually a lot of local legislation in san francisco that were very racist in itself, and it's something that i'd like to, you know, maybe pick up in regards to what judge singh just mentioned, maybe in the future resolution, an official apology. >> thanks. good almost noon, lissuperviso. my name is michelle olivas, and i am here to stand in solidarity with them. we also applaud commissioner low for helping to make this happen. names are important, words are important. what buildings are named, what statues are named is concrete
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examples of institutional racism. this issue is not about erasing history, this is about remembering remembering, lifting up, shining a light on the past, it is wrong then and it's wrong now. our children shouldn't have to look up at the name of parks or buildings and know that that person not only hated them and spoke hateful words against them but spent their entire career working to exclude them and ban them from this country. so we just urge you to support this resolution. i'm so happy that we're at this point in time when we're having these conversations. there has never been truth and reconciliation about how this woman was talking about how lands were stolen from the natives living here before, things that happened before, slavery, there has to be some kind of discussion, has to be
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some kind of reconciliation, it's not about forgetting, it's about remembering those people and saying it was wrong then, and it's wrong now. thank you. >> hi. good morning. my name is karla moreau, and i am the director of west filipino community center. yeah, so this is a very, very obviously emotional topic for all of us. and the reason why it's really important, as an organization that represents filipino families, asian americans, we've been around for 50 years, so we've served thousands of filipinos, thousands of asian americans, all of whom were --
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cambodians, all asian americans that were targeted by this man. and so i just want to urge, i just want to stress that our neighborhood in soma has a few parks that we utilize. over the summer, our summer programs worked together, and we go to various parks because we don't have a lot of open space. so the thought of our kids going to this park and asking who is this man, and us promoting that is so psychologically terrifying to send a message to our kids about that. so stand in support for this and really urging that we move forward. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is sandy morey, and i'm here as an individual who's active in the japantown
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community and japanese community as a whole. i'm supporting the resolution that spree yee has put forward and supported by supervisor ronen. my understanding is the rec and park commission has the authority to remove the name from the playground, and so according to -- to according to its policy, this commission may change the name of an existing recreation and park facility if there are most extraordinary circumstances of city or national interest, and so the exclusion of chinese and other asians from the united states is a shameful and extraordinary part of our nation's history. given similar imminent threats to immigrants today against which the city and county of san francisco has taken a stand. it is important that the city remove the name of a man who represents hateful, racist, antiimmigrant policies from the popular playground in san
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francisco. so thank you, supervisors, for making this move. >> good morning. my name is roy chan. i am a chinatown community planner at c.d.c. in 1940, my dad was a teen achbager who worked on a ship in san francisco, and because war broke how the in the pacific, i had to find a way to stay in the city. during that time, the exclusion act was in full effect thanks to julius kahn. he actually called the chinese the most debasing people on the face of the earth. my dad's outlet was tai chi, and he would go to local
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playgrounds to practice it, as a way to feel he belonged in a city, in a country where he was constantly told he didn't belong and was not welcome. and so if it wasn't for the repeal of the act, he wouldn't have become a citizen, and i wouldn't be standing here today. i believe that there's power in history in place and names, and renaming this park is a critical step for our city to work towards one which our public spaces are safe spaces where all feel welcome. so -- so the next time i bring my kids to this park, i sincerely hope that it would be way more than a teachable moment where i have to force them to -- force myself to tell them that this public space was named after a public figure that promoted hate and fear, but rather, it would be a proud moment that our city stood up
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and renamed this park to something that stands for our values of inclusion. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you, supervisor mar. >> thank you. it's great to be on this side of the microphone. i really appreciate commissioner allen low and chinese historical society and chinese for affirmative action opening up the discussion at this point in history. i am eric mar. i am a former supervisor from the richmond. when my daughter what's graduating from high school in two weeks, i would take her to julius kahn after it was renovated around 2003, 2004. it was a a beautiful place, but it also needs an appropriate mam where communities come to decide -- name where communities come to decide a name that promotes inclusion. i think the 38 organizations
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that support this effort are really on the right track of looking at history and who represents our values to have parks and memorials named after them as well. i teach at san francisco state, and a lot of what i teach is about laws and policies locally that supported white supremeacy, and i think julius kahn, as we've learned, exoticized us, he racial eyesed entire groups. he demonized fears, and i think blaming the victim approach is something also that he threw in very similar to what's going on today. this is very important. please rename julius kahn, and thank you to the community coalition that's come together. as an asian american professor at s.f. state, 50 years from
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now, this is an important issue that we will build on as well. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> supervisor ronen: congratulations to jad. >> my name is doug chan. i'm here on behalf of the board of directors of asian american legal outreach. i'm here, of course, to express my board's strong support for the renaming of the julius kahn playground. on a personal note, when julius kahn ran for the 56th congress to which he was elected in march of 1899, during the fall campaign in october of 1898, my grandfather was born in number 12 washington alley. supervisor yee has pointed out that the law that became the asian exclusion act was both a continuation of priorcommunity
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progressives, moderates, we're all standing together to say we are one city that values the contributions of immigrants and we are one city to make san francisco the opportunity for
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all of us so it's time to close this chapter. the chapter is gone but not forgotten. we still have to use this as a teaching moment in the future, but time to rewrite a new chapter to build a park and name a park for all that reflect the values of the city and county of san francisco. so with that i urge you to pass this resolution on, adopt this resolution at the board, pass it onto the recreation and park commission where i have 100% confidence that we will do the right thing, even though i will not participate in it. thank you. >> supervisor yee: any other public comments? seeing none. >> supervisor ronen: public comment is closed. >> supervisor yee: okay. once again, i really want to thank the public for coming out and also the leaders in bringing this issue forward. as you can see, this not
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only -- i'm very passionate about this issue, but other supervisors early this morning came at the press conference and expressed the same passion, whether it was supervisor fewer or kim. and i've heard supervisor peskin discuss this same issue at a different event. i know he's very passionate about seeing this change. and thank you once again to supervisor ronen and skbrujumpn and cosponsoring because your sponsor is very symbolic, and i'm gland that supervisor stefani's office came in and lent their support, also. so what i'd like to do is make a motion to pass this out of committee with a positive recommendation to the full board. >> supervisor ronen: great. without objection. that motion passes. thank you so much all of you
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who came out. very powerful hearing. mr. clerk, there any further business before the board? >> clerk: madam president, that concludes the calendar. >> supervisor ronen: all right. then this meeting is adjourned. thank you. >> hi. welcome to san francisco. stay safe and exploring how you can stay in your home safely after an earthquake. let's look at
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common earthquake myths. >> we are here at the urban center on mission street in san francisco. we have 3 guest today. we have david constructional engineer and bill harvey. i want to talk about urban myths. what do you think about earthquakes, can you tell if they are coming in advance? >> he's sleeping during those earthquakes? >> have you noticed him take any special? >> no. he sleeps right through them. there is no truth that i'm aware of with harvey that dogs are aware of an impending earthquake. >> you hear the myth all the time. suppose the dog helps you get up, is it going to help you do something >> i hear they are aware of
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small vibrations. but yes, i read extensively that dogs cannot realize earthquakes. >> today is a spectacular day in san francisco and sometimes people would say this is earthquake weather. is this earthquake weather? >> no. not that i have heard of. no such thing. >> there is no such thing. >> we are talking about the weather in a daily or weekly cycle. there is no relationship. i have heard it's hot or cold weather or rain. i'm not sure which is the myth. >> how about time of day? >> yes. it happens when it's least convenient. when it happens people say we were lucky and when they don't. it's
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terrible timing. it's never a good time for an earthquake. >> but we are going to have one. >> how about the ground swallowing people into the ground? >> like the earth that collapsed? it's not like the tv shows. >> the earth does move and it bumps up and you get a ground fracture but it's not something that opens up and sucks you up into haddes. >> it's not going anywhere. we are going to have a lot of damage, but this myth that
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california is going to the ocean is not real. >> southern california is moving north. it's coming up from the south to the north. >> you would have to invest the million year cycle, not weeks or years. maybe millions of years from now, part of los angeles will be in the bay area. >> for better or worse. >> yes. >> this is a tough question. >> those other ones weren't tough. >> this is a really easy challenge. are the smaller ones less stress? >> yes. the amount released in small earthquakes is that they are so small in you need many of those. >> i think would you probably have to have maybe hundreds of
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magnitude earthquakes of 4.7. >> so small earthquakes are not making our lives better in the future? >> not anyway that you can count on. >> i have heard that buildings in san francisco are on rollers and isolated? >> it's not true. it's a conventional foundation like almost all the circumstances buildings in san francisco. >> the trans-america was built way before. it's a pretty conventional foundation design. >> i have heard about this thing called the triangle of life and up you are supposed to go to the edge of your bed to save yourself. is there anything of value to that ?
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>> yes, if you are in your room. you should drop, cover and hold onto something. if you are in school, same thing, kitchen same thing. if you happen to be in your bed, and you rollover your bed, it's not a bad place to be. >> the reality is when we have a major earthquake the ground shaking so pronounced that you are not going to be able to get up and go anywhere. you are pretty much staying where you are when that earthquake hits. you are not going to be able to stand up and run with gravity. >> you want to get under the door frame but you are not moving to great distances. >> where can i buy a richter scale? >> mr. richter is selling it. we are going to put a plug in for cold hardware. they are not
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available. it's a rather complex. >> in fact we don't even use the richter scale anymore. we use a moment magnitude. the richter scale was early technology. >> probably a myth that i hear most often is my building is just fine in the loma prieta earthquake so everything is fine. is that true ? >> loma prieta was different. the ground acceleration here was quite moderate and the duration was moderate. so anyone that believes they survived a big earthquake and their building has been tested is sadly mistaken. >> we are planning for the bigger earthquake closer to san francisco and a fault totally independent. >> much stronger than the loma
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prieta earthquake. >> so people who were here in '89 they should say 3 times as strong and twice as long and that will give them more of an occasion of the earthquake we would have. 10 percent isn't really the threshold of damage. when you triple it you cross that line. it's much more damage in earthquake. >> i want to thank you, harvey, thanks pat for >> the office of controllers whistle blower program is how city employees and recipient sound the alarm an fraud address wait in city government charitable complaints results in
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and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything.
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>> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you
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don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally.
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>> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon
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cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the
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operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
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>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one
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roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy,
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>> good afternoon, everyone. how you feeling? this is a really special day for us. it's our opportunity to acknowledge many of the amazing young people that we have here in san francisco, and we have been doing this now for eight years, and it was something that mayor lee started. [applause] >> and he appropriately calls it the "i am the future scholarship award" because he always thought a lot about our students and thought that they were our future and wanted to get you all off to a great start to make sure you get